Magical Stowe

Vermont is open for business! It  felt like a bit of a secret this past weekend in Stowe, as every restaurant had openings, we found parking no problem, and shops were pretty empty. Not that I am complaining that we had the place to ourselves, but after talking to many business owners, we learned that many people are staying away because of tropical storm Irene’s after effects.

And while Irene’s ugly wrath is still evident near Killington and the like, the large majority of businesses survived and are opened. And they want people to visit!

The whole thing frustrated me a little. The damage we saw was serious, and yet on a national level we seemed to hear nothing about it. The people of Vermont were incredibly resourceful in helping themselves and each other after the storm. Listening to my aunt tell stories about people jumping up and volunteering to build makeshift bridges, help feed and house neighbors, well, it’s a story worth hearing.

And Stowe around Christmas is definitely a place worth visiting. We are hoping to make this visit an annual tradition.

Stowe Covered Bridge

We were led to Stowe by an Eversave deal for Stowe Meadows. Neither of us had ever been, so we jumped at the chance.

stowe meadows

What an amazing place to stay! Stowe Meadows, a giant, well-appointed and luxurious lodge-style home, was comfortable, relaxing, and romantic. We were the only guests and received an upgrade to a larger room than I had booked months ago. The sprawling house offered a couple of common areas for relaxing, in addition to the large guest rooms.

stowe meadows

After a night in a big comfy bed, we woke up to this outside our window.

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And after a beautiful, gourmet breakfast (which sadly I didn’t photograph!), we took Stowe Meadows’ owners’ advice and headed to Moss Glen Falls for a little hike to get the blood flowing. A short and chilly jaunt through some woods and up a hill, and we were rewarded with this view. Being surrounded by the smell of pine, cold air, and the sound of rushing waterfalls? Magical.

Moss Glen Falls

After our little hike, we wandered the festive downtown Stowe, looking at all of the decorations and really getting in the Christmas spirit.

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And before our incredible dinner at Michael’s on the Hill, we took a long walk on the 5.5 mile recreational trail that starts in the town of Stowe, right behind the church. If you visit Stowe, the trail is perfect for biking, walking, or jogging. There were lots of dogs, which always makes me happy!

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A day in Stowe, followed by a great meal, made for two very tired people. Luckily we had Stowe Meadows as our home base! I can not wait to go back. I may have even promised my husband I would try to learn to ski. Gulp!

Are you a skier? When it comes to travel, do you go toward the snow or away from it?

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Tags: New England, outdoors, Stowe, Stowe Meadows, Travel, Vermont, winter

  1. John’s avatar

    Vermont needs tourists and others to come back. So much was lost, but the rebuilding started right away with volunteers doing what needed to be done. Now that roads and bridges are restored, there’s no reason not to visit, and give a boost to the local economy, and pride.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay. I wish I was close enough to make a road trip. :0)

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  2. Michelle’s avatar

    I totally agree about your frustration with Vermont. I hope posts like this will get people to come back soon!

    I had a blast in Stowe and even got an ornament replica of the bridge in your first photo! :-)

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  3. Daisy’s avatar

    Vermont is magical. I miss it up there! (Though I’ve never been to Stowe, Killington was like a second home to me growing up!)

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  4. Megan’s avatar

    What a gorgeous place to stay! I love skiing but I’ve gotten more and more timid about it the older I get. I’ve also started to not like being cold and I think I would gravitate toward a warmer vacation these days.

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  5. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Looks like a fantastic get-away! I grew up just north of Boston and am a huge skier but somehow have never made it to Stowe – maybe that will have to change this year!

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  6. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

    Magical is right, looks gorgeous! I wish we had time to take more weekend trips because this is definitely something I would love. Like Megan, I used to ski but haven’t in a while but do miss it a little bit.

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  7. Kim’s avatar

    I absolutely adore Stowe, particularly the little running path that goes up and down the mountain – oh and the mexican restaurant…which i cannot remember the name of.

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  8. Molly Galler’s avatar

    This is the coziest place I have ever seen! I want to snuggle up in that bed and on those leather couches! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    This sounds and looks like such a fabulous getaway! I’m impressed you did all that walking and hiking! I started skiing when I was 3 so it’s always been part of my winters.. until a few years ago when I got fed up with the costs and time involved. I doubt i’ll ski this winter… :(

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  10. melissanibbles’s avatar

    What a cute place to stay! I love Vermont this time of year.

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  11. Eric King’s avatar

    I love this post – your photos are amazing!!!! so cozy compared to the night outside.

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  12. Taryn’s avatar

    I absolutely adore Stowe – it’s so rustic and charming and homey. I went a little over a month ago with my boyfriend and we stayed right downtown, and just loved it. The shops are cute, there are some great restaurants, the locals are friendly, and the scenery is so picturesque and serene. It’s so nice you got to experience it! I’d love to make it an annual event as well.

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  13. Alaina’s avatar

    What a gorgeous town! I know someone who works at the Stowe Mountain Lodge; I would love to get up there.

    One of my close friends from college lives in Rutland and I was just blown away by the damage that Irene had done and the subsequent rebuild that the towns went through. Amazing teamwork and I hope that people find there way up there for the winter!

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  14. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Your room looks magnificent. And that waterfall? Gah, I need to go there.

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  15. Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner’s avatar

    Oh my goodness, thank you for your sweet comment about bookmarking the marathon recap, that means so much to me :) !

    And this place is beautiful, I want to jump in that bed!

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